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Jim Territo


Jim Territo and Joe Territo


Album release party!

Fri, december 7th, 2018, 11PM

Doors at 8 PM

WSG Old Empire, 9 PM

WSG Paco Higdon Band 10 PM

The Loving Touch



tickets on sale here!




Current Cast

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Willa Rae Adamo
(Vocals + Guitar)

The front woman of local soulless-soul/gothic rock band Willa Rae & the Minor Arcana. She is also the co-founder of Girls Rock Detroit, a non-profit rock & roll summer camp.

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Jack Bennett
(Vocals + Guitar)

A former choir kid from Royal Oak High School. He is an environmental doomfolk artist who dropped his first EP last year entitled Da-worldo.


Maya Gangadharan

Earned her BA in music and business from Otterbein College and is a "karaoke queen." She also sits on the board of the Slipstream Theatre Initiative and has performed with STI, Planet Ant, and the Detroit Actors Theatre Company. Maya is a freelance corporate trainer and nutritionist.


Paco Higden
(Vocals + Guitar)

Earned his professional music degree from Berklee College of Music. He is the front man of the Paco Higdon Band and frequently plays for theater performances including Hair and Man of La Mancha at St Dunstan’s Theatre and Jesus Christ Superstar at Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre. Paco is a producer/performer/arranger/owner at an upcoming studio.


Hayley Pulizzi

Hayley is thrilled to be joining the cast of The Daedalus 2 Mission.  Some of her favorite past roles include Linda in Evil Dead: The Musical Detroit and her Broadway World nominated performance as the "pactically perfect nanny" Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins the Musical. Other favorites include, Lucy in Avenue Q, Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, and Ariel in the Little Mermaid.  When Hayley is not working, or performing, she owns her own character entertainment company, Princess and Co. entertaining children for birthday parties and special events. 


Phil Treias (Vocals)

Phil Treais is a long-time Waterford resident and businessman that began composing songs on his piano when he was eight years old. He has been playing and composing ever since. Throughout his musical career he has been a member of the Division Street Blues Band, Automatic Slim and Big Town. His piano and harmonica playing also landed him many solo performances and his several with the Phil Treais Group. Phil recorded two albums of his original work – Blank Expression and I’m Just Tryin’ to Tell Ya.

Additional Band Members:

Stephen Brown (Bass)

Jeremy Otto (Drums)

Jim Territo (Keys)



2018 Production


Jim Territo (Composer, Music Director) has BMus and MMus degrees in composition and education from the University of Michigan (2001, 2008). He taught high school and beginning band at Detroit Country Day School from 2002-2014, worked as a theatre composer and music director in New York City, and taught music at Roeper Lower School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Since 1999, he has been an active commissioned and published composer/arranger, music director, clinician, and freelance rock and jazz pianist. His first original musical, Justice in Dusty Junction, premiered in MI in 2012 and was published in 2014. His next musical, The Other Direction, premiered at 54 Below in Manhattan in 2015. His latest, The Daedalus 2 Mission, premiered at the Crofoot in MI in 2017.

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Joe Territo (Coauthor) has bachelor degree in psychology, Spanish, and English with a focus on creative writing from Central Michigan University. He has attended schools in Michigan, Mexico, and Ecuador. In his free time, he is an active writer, musician, and performer, and has been involved with various bands since 2008 as a drummer, singer, and guitar player. His writing favors short stories and flash fiction, and he recently co-wrote an original musical titled The Daedalus 2 Mission: A Space Opera, which premiered in August of 2017.


Rachel Biber (Director) studied performing arts at Wayne State University, having been a performer since age 10. She has worked hair and makeup on countless shows, and performed in even more. This will be her 4th directorial project after catching the director bug with Man of La Mancha at St. Dunstan's Theater.

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Michael Ameloot & Buddy VanLoon (Co-Costumers) have collaborated on costumes for many spectacular productions at Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre including Elton John's Aida; Disney's The Little Mermaid; Shrek, the Musical; Into the Woods; and The Never Ending Story. They have also worked together at two hair and fashion shows: One Tribe and Minuet for the Trico Salon, at Arts, Beats and Eats festival. Buddy VanLoon has also earned national recognition for his fantastic Cosplay costumes (WINGS!!!) in Chicago and Detroit. They are excited to collaborate on Daedalus 2 Mission to bring their foam and fabric talent to the Planet Ant stage.

Noel Montales (Lighting Design)


2018 Planet Ant Cast

Willa Rae Adamo

Jack Bennett

Maya Gangadharan

Paco Higdon

Rollo Rollison

Tiaja Sabrie

Hannah Taubitz

Victoria Rose Weatherspoon

2017 Performances

Jim Territo: Keys 1 – Vocals

Amy Blevins: Keys 2 – Vocals

Phil Treais; Keys 3 – Vocals

Paco Higdon – Guitar 1, Vocals

Gui Cavichioli – Guitar 2

Kim Alley – Vocals

Kyndal McAlister – Vocals

Takashi Iio, Greg Platter – Bass

Joe Territo – Percussion, Vocals

Thom Monks, Jeremy Otto – Drums

Mark Heckert, Noel Montales, Mark Gohl, - Sound, Noel Montales, Jim Davis, James Higdon- Lights

Luise Smela - Staging,  Alan Canning - Video, Jacqueline Brockel - Artwork,  Amanda Uppleger - Costumes

Jason Uppleger - Video Projections, Chris Morrisroe - Promotion


We Would like to thank our 2017 sponsors: